Cape Town City's Benni McCarthy bemoans Teko Modise injury praises Kaizer Chiefs' Itumeleng Khune
Posted: 14 September 2017 Time: 13:04
Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy lamented the early injury to Teko Modise against Kaizer Chiefs last night and gave credit to Itumeleng Khune for helping Amakhosi to victory.
City's perfect record after five games ended with a 2-0 defeat to Chiefs, who lacked key personnel through injuries and suspension but were buoyed by the return of goalkeeper Khune after he shook off a chest infection.
Citizens playmaker Modise, who missed the first two matches of the season with a groin complaint, pulled up 17 minutes into the contest after looking lively early on.
McCarthy felt Modise's creative outlet was sorely missed against a makeshift Amakhosi rearguard - minus Erick Mathoho, Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Tsepo Masilela - that held firm under Khune's supervision at Cape Town Stadium.
He told reporters: "Losing Teko, losing the one player that can really unlock that defence even though they are sitting back... because in those little pockets that's where I wanted him to be playing so he can slot in those little balls. Then when you lose him, the whole dynamics changed.
"Then sitting back actually works in their favour because we have a lot of players who work hard, but don't have a real maestro that can find that pass that can kill that defence.So their defence intercepted everything, just our final pass let us down.
"And Khune... a massive difference in their side. When you have such a goalkeeper then your life is that much easier."
McCarthy, however, conceded Steve Komphela's tactics proved troublesome.
"Credit to Chiefs, they came out there and frustrated us a little bit. They sat back and they allowed us to play in front of them. They used the wingers and knew they had speed to try and get behind us. It's not the end of the world, it's early days. There's enough time to go to the drawing board and see how we change it now."
The Bafana Bafana legend said he was not too surprised by the visitors' cautious approach given they were under pressure following their early MTN8 exit and previous defeat to SuperSport United and draw with Bloemfontein Celtic in the league.
"I'm not surprised I guess. When you are under that much pressure and have people on your case then of course you have to take a different approach. And clearly they watched us. They had a lot of free time to themselves when we were fighting it out. They had a lot of time to see where things could go in their favour."